Hello, I am a new member and am writing to share the story of my sister Beth who just passed away from stage V base of the tongue cancer after a 2 yr. 2 month battle. Having never heard of this form of cancer, we were totally taken aback by what obstacles my sister had to face. She had both a trach and PEG tube so she was unable to speak or eat from her mouth. Her desire to live was so strong that she dealt with numerous issues related to both the trach and PEG. Her bravery was something I will never forget. She was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter and friend. I miss her everyday and have made the decision to honor her memory by creating a greater awareness of oral cancer by setting up a walk in my community and working with my dentist to set up free oral screenings. I'm hoping to be able to work through my grief and help others work through theirs on this forum.